As Irma gets closer to the Florida coast Saturday night, the tornado threat will increase. Wind gusts caused a litany of destruction in Miami and other cities where homes were destroyed.
FPL chose to shut only one of the two reactors at its Turkey Point nuclear plant on Saturday because the storm track shifted, and plans to leave both reactors at the St. Lucie plant in service because hurricane force winds are no longer expected to hit the sites.
However, with more than 6.5 million account holders sitting in the dark, the vast majority of outages are in the Sunshine State, according to Florida Power & Light, Florida's largest electric utility company. Irma was once rated at Category 5 storm, the most powerful on record.
The Keys could get between 10 and 20 inches of rain, and the Florida peninsula could get 8 to 15 inches.
US warned storm could LOOP BACK towards east coast
Irma caused one of the largest USA evacuations ever, with almost 7 million people in the Southeast warned to evacuate, including 6.4 million in Florida alone.
People walk down a Miami Beach street as winds and rain from Hurricane Irma begin to hit. And the governor said damage on the southwest coast, including in Naples and Fort Myers, was not as bad as feared.
She sent us these pictures from her Orlando neighborhood calling it "the calm before the storm". Southbound US Route 1 - the only road connecting the Keys - is closed, Florida Keys spokesman Andy Newman said.
Swells from Jose will affect parts of Hispaniola, the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands over the next few days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Authorities said Havana would continue to feel the effects of the storm until Monday.
En plein ouragan Irma, une femme accouche seule chez elle — Miami
Bloqués par les intempéries, les secours n'ont pas pu rejoindre son domicile situé dans le quartier de Litlle Haïti. En catégorie 4, le phénomène a engendré des vents soufflant à plus de 200km/h et des pluies diluviennes.
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